Step into the black lace-ups of UK teenagers and attempt one simple goal: do well at school. The teens are eager and the education system professes “to provide world-class education… for everyone, whatever their background” (DfE, 2020), so what could possibly go wrong?
Created from research, The Learning Lottery scrutinises the narrative that the UK is a functioning meritocracy. It asks audiences to confront our relationship with a system that insists on its investment in equality, and yet strangely, somehow, always recreates uncannily similar stories of winners and losers.
Which numbers will you draw?
Originally commissioned by Upstart Theatre for DARE Festival 5, 2021.
Press & Reviews
Press, Reviews & Awards for Upstart Theatre’s previous work:
4 STARS “Remarkable” The Guardian
4 STARS “Essential viewing” Time Out
4 STARS “Immersive theatre at its very best... highly original” WhatsOnStage
4 STARS “Very satisfying” The Independent
Nominated for the Innovation Award at VAULT Festival 2020.
Cast & Creative Team Writer & Theatremaker: Katurah Morrish
Director: Tom Mansfield
Producer: Hannah Tookey